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Volunteers help protect memory of local heroes 01.02.11

Sutton Council is calling on local residents to help them take extra care to preserve the borough's war memorials ahead of the centenary of World War I in 2014.

Council staff have volunteered to take on extra responsibilities for the heritage and maintenance of the borough's six official monuments, including Sutton War Memorial, Cheam War Memorial and Wallington War Memorial.

However, as well as memorials looked after by the council, many schools and churches across the borough have their own commemorative plaques or monuments, such as those in Trinity Church and St. Nicholas' Church.  The council is asking residents to step forward to make sure that these memorials are as well cared for as the borough's official sites.

The newly appointed borough war memorial officers will be working with regional volunteers from the War Memorials Trust, a charity which works to protect and conserve memorials across the UK.  As well as working to maintain Sutton's memorials, the council's Local Studies & Archives Centre will be available for volunteers to use for research.

Cllr Graham Tope, Executive Member for Community Safety, Leisure and Libraries on Sutton Council said, "With the Centenary of World War One approaching, it is more important than ever that we remember the enormous sacrifices made by our serving men and women, both now and in the past.

"We all owe them a tremendous debt, and one small thing that we can do is take good care of our monuments and war memorials to make sure that our troops can be properly remembered.

"The council takes looking after our official monuments very seriously, but we still need help from members of the local community to care for the other monuments across the borough."

For more information on how you can get involved, visit http://www.warmemorials.org/get-involved/ or email K.Shawcross@sutton.gov.uk The Imperial War Museum has compiled a list of memorials commemorating all wars throughout the UK.  To search the list, visit http://www.ukniwm.org.uk/.

Last updated: Tuesday, 08 March 2011

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